Joann Vroom Austin
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Joann Vroom Austin
  • August 13, 1934 - November 24, 2017
  • North Carolina

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Joann Austin, 83, went to be with the Lord on November 24, 2017. Born on August 13, 1934, in Detroit, Michigan, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Johanna Vroom and wife of the late Jerry L. Austin.

Joann lived a full and vibrant life from the start. She attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she met her husband Jerry and later moved to the Northeast before finally settling in Raleigh in the mid-1970s. While raising three active children, she served as President of the Raleigh Christian Woman's Club. After that, she worked as a realtor at Fonville Morisey for over 20 years. Joann loved to garden (a passion she acquired from her parents), go to the beach, play tennis, attend Bible Study Fellowship and just have fun.

She is lovingly remembered by her children: son Jeff Austin and his wife, Cathy of Atlanta, Georgia, daughter Judi Woodward and her husband Gene, of Las Vegas, Nevada and son Jonathan Austin and his wife Susan, of Winston Salem, NC; ten grandchildren (Jennifer, Luke, Sarah, Reese, Storm, Gwen, Lydia, Hope, Thaddeus, and Selah); two great-grandchildren (Kennedy and Reagan) as well as her sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Bob Begemann of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is also survived by her best friend, Claude Bottoms, along with her Cypress of Raleigh family.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 1, 2017 from 10 am - 12 pm at Mitchell Funeral Home at Raleigh Memorial Park. Private committal services will follow for the family at Raleigh Memorial Park. A reception will be held at The Cypress of Raleigh Ballroom at 2 pm for all wishing to celebrate her life and share memories with the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org.